Geek Freak…Friday Fictioneers: 2nd May, 2018

George was camping, and went out bushwalking, when Thugface grabbed him by the shirt, yanked out his insulin pump and hurled it in the creek.

“Who’s the smart one now, geek freak?”

George flinched as kick, after kick sank into his red hair and blood gushed everywhere.

“You’re going to die…”

George knew it too. He wasn’t made to fight, and out here it didn’t matter  how well he went on his algebra test. That wasn’t going to save his life. Yet, he did know how to tell a story, and scratched his attackers.

Footsteps approached. The sound of hope…


100 words.

The more I worked on this story, I was reminded of the horrific murder of two year old James Bulger by a pair of ten year old boys back in 1992. I abhor violence, but we ignore it at our peril. We need to fight back any way we can and for me that means the pen, which I’ve got to believe is mightier than the sword.

This has been another contribution to Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wishoff Fields  PHOTO PROMPT © Karen Rawson

xx Rowena

39 thoughts on “Geek Freak…Friday Fictioneers: 2nd May, 2018

  1. jillyfunnell

    i am sure help is coming. Your story is so well-written (the descriptions e.g. yanking out the pump, are horrific) it made me go cold at the thought of such mindless cruelty.

  2. The Writer's Village

    Wow. Pretty intense. I laughed at reading the name “Thugface”, then cringed at reading the insulin pump being pulled out, then was stunned to read he was going to die, only to given hope of rescue.
    You took me all over the place in 100 words.

  3. Sandra

    The James Bulger story still has the power to horrify, even after all this time. Your story offers a better outcome. Well done.

  4. Iain Kelly

    Intense and troubling tale Rowena, very dark. The Bulger murder still dominates headlines to this day in the UK, a horrific act.

  5. Rowena Post author

    I think the Bulger murder is one of those things we should never forget. It’s too awful and I guess by keeping the memory alive, we’re showing our disgust and our thoughts for James and his family.

  6. Rowena Post author

    Thanks, Sandra. I really do have a very strong belief in the love of a stranger and the need to intervene. Some teens recently got attacked in a very crowded major shopping centre in Sydney and no one stopped to help them. That was on the news. There have been numerous cases where there’s been this diffusion of responsibility, and you’re better off with only one person as a witness.
    Best wishes,

  7. Rowena Post author

    I have a lot of faith in the love of a stranger, Rochelle and that humanity as a whole is essentially good. That said, I could be mistaken.
    Best wishes,

  8. Rowena Post author

    Hi Randy,
    My husband will tell you that I’m very good at heading all over the place in my conversations. I’ve had quite a lot of medical treatment and actually have a shunt in my head to manage hydrocephalus and my friends little girl has juvenile diabetes with very unable readings and she posts on FB so I get an idea of what that’s like.
    The other thing which I snuck in there is that while he didn’t have the physical strength to fight off his attackers, he scratched them to capture their DNA. So, even though he wasn’t in his academic world, his smarts shone through. People like his attackers need to be behind bars and stay there.
    Best wishes,

  9. Rowena Post author

    Well, James, not quite murder, but definitely senseless violence. A friend of mine told me of a story where he was walking home under the weather and this van pulled up and these guys piled out the back and just started kicking him in the head for no reason other than something to do on a Saturday night. Fortunately, I live in a bubble.
    Best wishes,

  10. Rowena Post author

    They have to be, Keith. The world needs more people like George in the world and his attackers deserve to rot in jail.
    Best wishes,

  11. James

    When I was 16 years old, there was a race riot in the city I lived. I was walking away from my High School after the Homecoming game when I was jumped by six men. It took them about thirty seconds to reduce me to a bloody pulp. One had beaten me across the back with a bicycle chain.

    It’s been almost fifty years, but I still jump whenever anyone approaches me from behind unannounced. My anxiety used to be a lot worse.

  12. Rowena Post author

    James, that is horrendous. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of someone going through such violence and surviving. You are a strong man, and I fully understand why you jump. It makes me so angry to think there are animals like this roaming round in packs and hurting innocent people for fun, something to do. Thinking of you!
    Best wishes,

  13. James

    Fortunately, the cops were half a block away. There were riots all over the city and in many cities. This was 1971 and it was a very violent time. Thanks for the kind words and thoughts.

  14. Lynn Love

    I remember the Bulger case very clearly – hard to forget those CCTV images of the toddler being led away, so trusting. Something about children being violent to other children too – nightmarish. Your story was gripping, tense and horrifying too. We can only hope the footsteps spell salvation

  15. Dale

    You’ve described this all too well, Rowena. So writing-wise, fabulous story, Story-wise, so frightening. That Jamie Bulger story was the saddest and most horrifying ever… That two children could do such a thing…

  16. Varad

    Few years back, I had just returned home and was parking my car in the parking lot when a couple of punks came over and started hitting my car with a stick. I don’t know what came over me that night as I just got out and grabbed the tire iron. They took one look at the iron and ran away. I have never seen those guys before or after that incident. What made them do what they did that night? I’d never know. Guess the wicked and strong just like to prey on the meek. This story was exactly that. I felt so sad reading but the end cheered me up a bit. Very powerful writing, Rowena.

  17. pennygadd51

    You’ve written very powerfully, Rowena, picking out brutal details. Like Jilly, I was floored by the yanking out of the insulin pump. Statements of intent don’t come much stronger than that. What a clever thought to scratch the thug so there would be DNA to help identify the killer. But, like everybody else, I hope the footsteps presage rescue.

  18. Rowena Post author

    Thanks, Penny. There are some truly evil people in this world whose idea of a good Saturday night, is to beat someone into a pulp and it’s beyond my comprehension. I don’t usually write a long these lines but you get what the muse dishes up.
    Best wishes,

  19. Rowena Post author

    Thank you very much, Varad. I’m so sorry to hear about those thugs hitting your car and you were brave, crazy or both to take a stand. I understand that many of these people are cowards and standing up for yourself can send them packing. I also think that if someone is under the weather, they should catch a cab home or get a lift and not leave themselves open to attack.
    Best wishes,

  20. Rowena Post author

    Thank you very much, Dale. There are a few criminal cases where you never forget the horror and that initial shock of it all and the murder of James Bulger was one of those. Such a sweet, innocent angel.

  21. Rowena Post author

    Me too. That murder re-framed childhood to some extent for me. You know kids can be mean and nasty but you don’t expect them to be so despicable and truly evil. Now, we know it’s possible and it happens.

  22. granonine

    I hate bullying. Truly. This piece made my stomach churn with anger, so you know you did exactly what you set out to do. And the hero is going to be rescued, I just know it.

  23. Nan Falkner

    Bullying happens in each generation and I think it must be an inherent quality some adhere to. Very well thought out story and I love the hope at the end. Nicely done!

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